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Subject: Re: [Leica] help critique my lighting
From: Mike Durling <>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 21:11:39 -0500
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You might want to try a hair light.  Maybe reduce the light on the 
background and raise the overall levels.

Also, from the filenames it looks like you scanned with VueScan.  That 
program really gets the most detail from a negative, but sometimes the 
scans look a little flat.  Try manipulating the curves with your image 
editing program.

Mike D

eric wrote:
> hello all-
> After years of available light shooting I couldn't resist the curiosity - I
> bought an alien-bees monolight and softbox.
> I shot my first roll of very simple portraits using the softbox as my
> main-light and a slaved vivitar 283 to light a white backdrop.
> contact sheet:
> Nice, but I wasn't thrilled with the results - they look a bit flat to me.
> Any critique (with lighting technique in mind) would be appreciated.
> The pictures are not supposed to be enthralling - my family relented to my
> modeling requests as there was nothing to do on a drizzly Sunday.
> BTW - my wife shot the pic of me.
> technical: all pics taken with R7, 90 elmarit, TCN (rated at 320)
> thanks
> Eric
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